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Embera Indigenous Village

By Gray Line Panama
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Highlights

  • A look at the culture & traditions of the Embera people

  • Scenic sights along the Chagres River & Alajuela Lake

  • Modern highway, then secondary roads & a dugout canoe

  • Enjoy a traditional Embera-style lunch

  • Knowledge & insight from your naturalist tour guide

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour to an Embera village

  • What's included

    Boat transportation at the Chagres River

  • What's included

    Admission fees

  • What's included

    Donation to the Embera community

  • What's included

    Traditional lunch and refreshments

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transportation to and from your Panama City hotel

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's included

    Visit to a small waterfall and chance to enjoy a dip

Cleaning and safety practices

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  • Masks required
  • Contactless tickets
  • Vehicles and venues disinfected

Know Before You Book

  • Hotel pickup is available from most Panama City Hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

What you can expect

One of the remarkable contrasts of modern Panama is the enduring community of native Embera people. Spend this day learning about the culture and traditions of these people as you explore the Chagres River.

Leave your hotel early in the morning in a microbus with a naturalist tour guide, and then board a dugout canoe to strike out into Chagres River. Upon arrival at the Embera community, explore while your tour guide provides information on the people and their culture.

The Embera originally came to the region more than 300 years ago, settled in the Darien Jungle, and have kept their ancestral traditions ever since, from the blowgun with poison hunting darts to their elevated-bin houses with palm-leaf roofs.

During your visit, you can see the Embera perform a welcome flute dance and admire the famous taguas, small sculptures made from a seed known as vegetable ivory due to its solid texture. The Embera also produce unique woodcrafts with precious wood from the Cocobolo tree. You can see fantastic woven baskets that sometimes take several days to produce, and purchase some of their handicrafts and art pieces if you like.

After a traditional lunch, take a rest before you return to the river, where you can swim and enjoy the cool waters before your return to Panama City.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
  • Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travelers

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Temperature checks available
  • Masks required
  • Masks provided
  • Hand sanitizer provided

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  • Embera

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  • Panama City Panama
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